The Fourth of July is a favorite summer event for many. It also presents with a sensory experience that sometimes lasts a few days. Fireworks can be heard down the block and even miles away. Sparklers sizzle everywhere and fill your vision with blinking lights. Large crowds fill many venues and backyards. You hear and see people talking, laughing and balancing multiple hot dogs on flimsy paper plates. There’s new smells and different tastes to experience. This can be challenging to children with special needs.
This doesn’t mean your family should stay home and miss out on all the fun. There are many ways to help your child have a sensory-friendly, meltdown-free Fourth of July. Check out these tips:
With the right preparations, your family can enjoy Fourth of July. Be creative and have fun!
Wishing you all a happy and safe Fourth of July,
Guide by Michelle O’Neill, RBT
ABCS Senior Therapist